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Lake Bistineau video making waves

Promotional video has garners more than 4,000 Facebook views

The Lake Bistineau State Park is getting more attention than usual because of an online video with more than 4,000 views on Facebook.

“Lake Bistineau State Park is a unique aspect to our parish and we wanted to help the state park increase the amount of overnight stays they book on an annual basis,” Webster Parish tourism director Serena Gray said.

The Tourism Bureau posted the video Tuesday October 23 and was averaging 1,000 views per day from people throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states.

“We targeted our audience everywhere from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi. I’ve gotten notifications that the video has been shared in those outlying states. I think people are excited about it and they’re sharing it because they didn’t realize it was here. They didn’t realize it was as well kept as it is and that the renovations have finally come,” Gray said.

The video was created to encourage people in and outside of North Louisiana to consider Lake Bistineau as a destination.

“We wanted to show people that there are things that you can do during the fall and winter months that can accomodate families and give them activities to do out in nature. It also provides people more of an opportunity for a staycation experience. Some people think that vacations are limited only to summertime but with our state park so near to Minden, it’s something that families can take advantage of one weekend during the fall or winter months if they decide they want to do something fun with their families,” Gray explained.

The Louisiana Parks Association also requested a copy of the video to share on their own social media platforms.

This weekend, the park held its annual Fall Festival. The festival included free food, a hayride, a cakewalk, games and a bounce house.

“It’s a way that they gather the community to come out and see what the park has to offer,” Gray said.

There are several amenities offered including a disc golf course that is available to anyone visiting the park. There is also a sand volleyball court available for the group campsite. There are family cabins that have been newly renovated that sleep up to 8. There’s also a lodge that sleeps up to 16. All of them have kitchens, living rooms, and screened porches.

“Now that the renovations have finally happened, I think the video is getting the views it’s receiving because people want to see what exactly has been done to the park. We’re really excited people are enjoying it,” Gray said.